FDA authorizes emergency use of PPE to combat shortages

The FDA authorized emergency use of some personal protective equipment to help address insufficient supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The agency is allowing healthcare personnel to use the following supplies as PPE provided there is no available alternative: 

  • conductive shoes and shoe covers
  • operating room shoes
  • surgical apparel accessories
  • nonsurgical isolation gowns
  • operating room shoe covers
  • surgical helmets
  • surgical caps

The items are authorized for use as PPE by healthcare providers in low or minimal-risk situations to help protect them and patients from virus transmission. 

The emergency authorization lasts for as long as COVID-19 is considered a public health emergency. 

Read the FDA's full emergency authorization here.

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